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Whistler, James McNeill  Search this
Whittredge  Search this
Lawrence, Jacob  Search this
Altman, Harold  Search this
Henri, Robert  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Dubuffet, Jean  Search this
Bishop, Isabel  Search this
Avery, Milton  Search this
Frasconi, Antonio  Search this
Kelly, Ellsworth  Search this
Goodnough, Robert  Search this
Stella, Joseph  Search this
Albert, Calvin  Search this
Hayter, Stanley William  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Zoellner, Richard  Search this
Pereira, I. Rice (Irene Rice)  Search this
Tomlin, Bradley Walker  Search this
Jorn, Asger  Search this
Mechlin, Leila  Search this
Goya, Francisco  Search this
Parks, Gordon  Search this
Demuth, Charles  Search this
Weber, Max  Search this
Gatch, Lee  Search this
Diebenkorn, Richard  Search this
Antreasian, Garo Z. (Garo Zareh)  Search this
Sterne, Hedda  Search this
Smith, David  Search this
Tworkov, Jack  Search this
Rembrandt  Search this
Heliker, John Edward  Search this
Xceron, Jean  Search this
Wyeth, Andrew  Search this
Margo, Boris  Search this
Nicholson, Ben  Search this
Lipschitz, Jacques  Search this
Baziotes, William  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Oliveira, Nathan  Search this
Rattner, Abraham  Search this
LÔeger, Fernand  Search this
Summers, Carol  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Sato, Tadashi  Search this
Force, Juliana  Search this
Marsh, Reginald  Search this
Perlmutter, Jack  Search this
Moller, Hans  Search this
Shahn, Ben  Search this
Eilshemius, Louis M. (Louis Michel)  Search this
Moore, Henry  Search this
Seligmann, Kurt  Search this
Morris, George L. K. (George Lovett Kingsland)  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R. (Roy Rothschild)  Search this
Spruance, Benton  Search this
Stamos, Theodoros  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Spaeth, Eloise O.  Search this
Tobey, Mark  Search this
Gwathmey, Robert  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Hartley, Marsden  Search this
Von Wicht, John  Search this
Chase, William Merritt  Search this
Tchelitchew, Pavel  Search this
Moy, Seong  Search this
Hofmann, Hans  Search this
Pollock, Jackson  Search this
Savelli, Angelo  Search this
Arp, Jean  Search this
Jones, John Paul  Search this
Kuniyoshi, Yasuo  Search this
Francis, Sam  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
Von Wiegand, Charmion  Search this
Sterne, Maurice  Search this
Hopper, Edward  Search this
Berman, Eugene  Search this
Meeker, Dean  Search this
Zao, Wou-ki  Search this
Eakins, Thomas  Search this
Weir, Julian Alden  Search this
Saetti, Bruno  Search this
Bingham, George Caleb  Search this
Breuer, Marcel  Search this
Wald, Sylvia  Search this
Treiman, Joyce Wahl  Search this
Day, Worden  Search this
Luks, George Benjamin  Search this
De Diego, Julio  Search this
Reinhardt, Ad  Search this
Prendergast, Maurice Brazil  Search this
Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista  Search this
Zorach, Marguerite  Search this
Callahan, Kenneth L.  Search this
Miró, Joan  Search this
Marin, John  Search this
Watkins, Franklin Chenault  Search this
Suzuki, James  Search this
Knaths, Karl  Search this
Ernst, Jimmy  Search this
Schongauer, Martin  Search this
Picasso, Pablo  Search this
Bellows, George  Search this
Thon, William  Search this
Ruckstull, F. W. (Fred Wellington),  Search this
Walkowitz, Abraham  Search this
Tamayo, Rufino  Search this
Stone, Edward Durell  Search this
Burchfield, Charles Ephraim  Search this
Brooks, James  Search this
De Kooning, Willem  Search this
Takal, Peter  Search this
Zerbe, Karl  Search this
Rauschenberg, Robert  Search this
Levine, Jack  Search this
Schanker, Louis  Search this
Steg, J. L.  Search this
Turner, Joseph Mallord William  Search this
Wines, James  Search this
Stieglitz, Alfred  Search this
Roszak, Theodore  Search this
Gottlieb, Adolph  Search this
Braque, Georges  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Fine, Perle  Search this
Hassam, Childe  Search this
Frankenthaler, Helen  Search this
Coen, Eleanor Jean  Search this
Santomaso, Giuseppe  Search this
Thrall, Arthur  Search this
Porter, Fairfield  Search this
Chagall, Marc  Search this
Sargent, John Singer  Search this
Schrag, Karl  Search this
Schramm, James S  Search this
Soyer, Raphael  Search this
Whiting, Frederic Allen  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Vespignani, Renzo  Search this
Kohn, Misch  Search this
MacIver, Loren  Search this
Gonzalez, Xavier  Search this
Blume, Peter  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Ratkai, George  Search this
Klee, Paul  Search this
Citron, Minna Wright  Search this
Albers, Anni  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Renoir, Auguste  Search this
Chesney, Lee  Search this
Pozzatti, Rudy O.  Search this
Sloan, John French  Search this
Yunkers, Adja  Search this
Dove, Arthur Garfield  Search this
Conover, Robert F. (Robert Fremont)  Search this
Degas, Edgar  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Ryder, Albert Pinkham  Search this
Murch, Walter Tandy  Search this
Clements, Geoffrey  Search this
Kienbusch, William Austin  Search this
De Rivera, José Ruiz  Search this
Rivers, Larry  Search this
Daumier, Honoré  Search this
Barnet, Will  Search this
Hartigan, Grace  Search this
George, Thomas  Search this
Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico  Search this
Casarella, E. (Edmond)  Search this
Okada, Kenzo  Search this
Tooker, George  Search this
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  Search this
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Sound recordings
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Physical Description:
79.8 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The records of the American Federation of Arts (AFA) thoroughly document the Federation's founding and history of sponsoring exhibitions and programs supporting the study and promotion of American art, both nationally and abroad. Included are correspondence, subject files, exhibition files, reports, financial statements, printed material, and photographs.<br /> The bulk of the records (62 feet) are the Exhibition Files (Series V), primarily those in the Annual Exhibitions subseries (approximately 47 feet). These files, arranged chronologically, contain contracts and legal agreements, correspondence, memoranda, itinerary information, condition reports, publicity materials, catalogs, announcements, and price lists for nearly 500 varied exhibitions, including contemporary American and foreign art and architecture, experimental art, the exchange of cultural ideas, and the promotion of artists of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds through exhibitions such as a Jacob Lawrence retrospective (1960), "Contemporary Jewish Ceremonial Art" (1961), the "Heart of India" (1962), "1,000 Years of American Indian Art" (1963), and "Ten Negro Artists from the United States" (1966), whose file contains photographs of 16 African-American artists and their paintings exhibited at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar, Senegal, 1966, taken by Geoffrey Clements.<br /> Another subseries, Exhibitions, General, reflect the work of the AFA's Board of Trustees Exhibition Committee and documents its early involvement with traveling exhibitions through the files of Juliana R. Force, Eloise Spaeth, and Mrs. John Pope. Other Exhibition Files subseries document specific programs, rejected, cancelled, or suggested exhibitions, and exhibitions held in partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other organizations.<br /> Included in the Finding Aid for the collection may be found a listing of over 6,000 artists' and others exhibiting with the AFA. Among those with a sizeable number of entries are: Ansel Adams, Anni and Josef Albers, Calvin Albert, Harold Altman, Garo Antreasian, Jean Arp, Milton Avery, Will Barnet, Leonard Baskin, William Baziotes, George W. Bellows, Eugene Berman, Harry Bertoia, George Caleb Bingham, Isabel Bishop, Peter Blume, Georges Braque, Marcel Breuer, James Brooks, Charles Burchfield, Kenneth Callahan, Edmund Casarella, Marc Chagall, William Merritt Chase, Lee Chesney, Minna Citron, Eleanor Coen, Robert F. Conover, Ralston Crawford, Honore Daumier, Worden Day, Willem de Kooning, Jose De Rivera, Edgar Degas, Charles Demuth, Richard Diebenkorn, Arthur Dove, Jean Dubuffet, Thomas Eakins, Louis Eilshemius, Jimmy Ernst, Lyonel Feininger, Perle Fine, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Antonio Frasconi, Lee Gatch, Thomas George, Robert Goodnough, Adolph Gottlieb, Francisco Goya, Morris Graves, Robert Gwathmey, Grace Hartigan, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Stanley Hayter, John Heliker, Robert Henri, Hans Hofmann, Edward Hopper, John Paul Jones, Asger Jorn, Max Kahn, Ellsworth Kelly, William Kienbusch, Paul Klee, Karl Knaths, Misch Kohn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Leger, Jack Levine, Jacques Lipchitz, George Luks, Loren MacIver, Boris Margo, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Dean Meeker, Joan Miro, Hans Moller, Henry Moore, George L.K. Morris, Seong Moy, Walter Murch, Louise Nevelson, Ben Nicholson, Georgia O'Keeffe, Kenzo Okada, Nathan Oliveira, Gordon Parks, I. Rice Pereira, Jack Perlmutter, Gabor Peterdi, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Fairfield Porter, Rudy Pozzatti, Maurice Prendergast, George Ratkai, Abraham Rattner, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Rembrandt, Renoir, Larry Rivers, Theodore Roszak, Georges Rouault, Albert Ryder, Bruno Saetti, Guiseppe Santomaso, John Singer Sargent, Tadashi Sato, Angelo Savelli, Louis Schanker, Martin Schongauer, Karl Schrag, Kurt Seligmann, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, David Smith, Raphael Soyer, Benton Spruance, Theodoros Stamos, James Louis Steg, Edward Steichen, Joseph Stella, Hedda Sterne, Maurice Sterne, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Durell Stone, Carol Summers, James Suzuki, Peter Takal, Rufino Tamayo, Pavel Tchelitchew, William Thon, Arthur Thrall, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Mark Tobey, Bradley Walker Tomlin, George Tooker, Joyce Treiman, Joseph M.W. Turner, Jack Tworkov, Renzo Vespignani, John Von Wicht, Charmion Von Wiegand, Syvia Wald, Abraham Walkowitz, Franklin Watkins, Max Weber, Julian Alden Weir, James McNeil Whistler, Worthington Whittredge, James Wines, Wou-Ki Zao, Andrew Wyeth, Jean Sceron, Adja Yunkers, Karl Zerbe, Richard Zoellner, Marguerite Zorach, and William Zorach.<br /> The earliest documentation is in Series I, Board of Trustees, and concerns the history of AFA. Included are correspondence and files of various officers, including Frederick Allen Whiting, Thomas Brown Rudd, Daniel Longwell, James S. Schramm, and Roy R. Neuberger, and of Leila Mechlin, AFA's secretary from 1909-1933, and treasurer Lawrence M.C. Smith. Series 2, Administrative records, also contains documentation on history and founding, and affiliations, buildings and moves, grants, government art programs, fundraising, publicity, publications, and the AFA's fiftieth anniversary celebration. Files in this series are arranged in two subseries, Alphabetical Files, and Staff records.<br /> Series 3, Special Programs, consists of files on the many special programs AFA either sponsored or participated in, among them the Artists in Residence program sponsored by the Ford Foundation Program for Visual Artists; the Museum Donor Program funded by Audrey Bruce Currier and Stephen Richard Currier; the New York State Council on the Arts; the Picture of the Month program; and the Jean Tennyson Foundation Color Slide Lecture Program.<br /> Series 4 consists of documentation on AFA's Annual Conventions, beginning with the 3rd annual convention in 1912 and continuting through 1963, with files missing for several years. Included are proceedings, speeches, programs, clippings, correspondence, and press releases. The 1957 files contain reel-to-reel tapes.<br /> Series 6, Printed Material, consists of material dating 1990-1993 and which has an unexplained provenance. Series 7, Miscellaneous Files, 1926-1962, contain Architectural League of New York Records relating to National Awards Program, and lantern slides from the "New Horizons in America" lecture series. Series 8, Oversize Materials include a portfolio, posters, and magazines dating from the late 1800s.
American Federation of Arts records, 1895-1993, bulk 1909-1969. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reels 376 and 1780 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Biography Note:
American Federation of Arts (AFA) (established 1909) is a national nonprofit museum service organization in New York, N.Y.
The bulk of the records were donated by the American Federation of Arts between 1964 and 1966. In 1972, AFA donated 16 photographs taken by Geoffrey Clements of artists whose work was exhibited in "Ten Negro Artists from the United States" in Dakar, Senegal's First World Festival of Negro Arts (circulated by AFA). In 1978, Christopher Cook of the Addison Gallery donated sound recordings from the AFA's 1951 annual meeting in Philadelphia, and in 1979, Preston Bolton donated letters regarding planning for the 1957 AFA Annual Convention held in Houston, Texas, convention minutes from 1956, and newsletters.The provenance of the 1990-1993 printed material is unknown.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Art  Search this
Art, American  Search this
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The Art Market
Lives of American Artists
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Communities, Organizations, Museums
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Archives of American Art